Jennifer Gill ONZM
Chief Executive Officer
In 2004 Jennifer became CEO of Foundation North after 10 years as Executive Director of Fulbright NZ. Her career in philanthropy began in 1985 when Sir Roy McKenzie appointed her as the Executive Officer of his personal foundation, the Roy McKenzie Foundation. She has been a Trustee and Chair of the J R McKenzie Trust and is currently a Trustee of two family grant making trusts. She was a founding member of the board of the Wellington Regional Community Foundation, the Funding Information Service and Philanthropy NZ. Jenny recently retired from the board of Philanthropy New Zealand after twenty years’ service. Recently Jenny has been a member of the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium as well a participant in international meetings on current issues in philanthropy hosted by the Rockefeller and Volkswagen Foundations. Jenny has contributed to the growing literature on philanthropy in Australasia and is frequently asked to speak on philanthropy. In 2017, Jenny received an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to philanthropy.
Chief Financial Officer
Liam joined Foundation North in February 2016 having previously been CFO at ProCare, Auckland’s largest primary care organisation. Prior to that he held senior finance roles at Auckland and Counties Manukau DHBs and Lion Nathan. Liam has worked in a number of private and public sector organisations in both New Zealand and the UK. He holds degrees in mathematics and accountancy and is an ACA member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. Liam has an interest in organisational performance reporting especially in combining financial with non-financial reporting.
Strategy & Innovation Manager
Chloe oversees strategy and innovation development at the Foundation, while also managing policy development, communications and planning. She has been closely involved in the Foundation’s continuing efforts to become a more strategic and innovative grant maker. This has seen the Foundation adopt a mixed portfolio approach with a continuation of traditional community grants alongside more “venture philanthropy “ approaches. This has included the development of innovative and targeted funding such as the Foundation’s Catalysts for Change Programme, Māori and Pacific Education Initiative (MPEI) and GIFT (Gulf Innovation Fund Together). These funds have been designed to provide flexible support to grantees seeking solutions to complex and challenging issues in the Auckland and Northland regions. Chloe has developed an evaluation and monitoring framework for the Foundation which aims to demonstrate both the impact of the Foundation's funding as well as share what the Foundation is learning about effective philanthropy. A graduate of Canterbury University, Chloe has previously worked for Britain’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), where she awarded funding to innovative and pioneering learning projects.
To her recent appointment as Pou Ārahi Aroha brings her Ngāti Whātua whakapapa; born in the Kaipara and raised in Mangere prepared her well for life. Aroha’s educational background includes a Bachelor degree in Social Work and a Post Grad Diploma in Business -Māori Development. Throughout her adult life, Aroha’s engaged her culture, language, marae and the advancement of her people’s diverse aspirations. Over 25 years Aroha worked her way to senior positions in the Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Health, Royal NZ Plunket and most recently Te Puni Kokiri – Ministry of Māori Development. She is a proud mother of one son and has helped raise many tamāriki. She is especially honoured to have come from a large whānau and to be blessed with seven beautiful mokopuna.
Pacific Strategy Activator
Sarah was born in West Auckland and is of Cook Island and European descent. She joined Foundation North as Pacific Strategy Activator, where she will provide strategic leadership on the implementation and refinement of Foundation North's Pacific Strategy and Action Plan. Sarah comes to us with a wealth of experience across the corporate and community sectors. Most recently, Sarah has been working with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, Ministry of Education and Skills.org, Pacific Business Trust, ASB Polyfest, The Pasifika Education Centre, The Village Collective, and Leadership New Zealand. She has also been a judge at the Prime Minister's Pacific Youth Awards.
Ethnic Diversity Strategy Activator
Of Malaysian Chinese heritage, Jade brings a strong background in design-led, creative social change and a wide range of community networks, particularly those gained through her role as Deputy Chair of the Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel for Auckland Council. Jade is also part of Asia NZ Foundation leaders network, Leadership NZ, NZ Asian Leaders and Super Diverse Women. Jade joined Foundation North as the Ethnic Diversity Strategy Activator where she will design, activate and provide strategic leadership on the implementation and refinement of Foundation North’s Ethnic Diversity Strategy. Jade is a proud mother of a feisty toddler, a lover of cheese, a community catalyst, and she is super passionate about Design for Social Impact, with a focus on Diversity.
Community Funding Manager
Audry joined Foundation North in July 2016 and was most recently consulting in the sport and recreation sector. Audry has a broad range of experience ranging from sports facility feasibility assessment to working in high performance sport. Of Samoan/Chinese – Falkland Island descent, Audry is a first generation New Zealander born and raised in Auckland. She graduated from AUT University with a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation and from Victoria University (Melbourne) with a Graduate Certificate in Career Counselling for Elite Performers (sport). Audry is passionate about yoga, and has a very busy family life with her partner, two fantastic sons and a much loved dog.
Strategic Advisor to the Chief Executive
Nicola joined Foundation North in November 2017 as Strategic Advisor to the Chief Executive. She brings Senior Management experience from across three sectors - private, not-for-profit and public, having held roles with Community Operations - Department of Internal Affairs, Presbyterian Support Northern and Ford Motor Company. Nicola holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from Waikato University and an MBA from Warwick University. A 5th generation New Zealander, passionate about building stronger communities and working in partnership with others, Nicola enjoys making the most of living in the City of Sails and can often be found sailing on the Waitemata with her family.
Helen, who joined the Foundation in October 2018, is of Ngapuhi descent and was born and raised in South Hokianga. She brings a wealth of experience from her previous roles as Operations Manager at a community trust, and as an Advisor for ITO. She has a BA in Education and Anthropology from the University of Auckland, and is a proud māma of two tamariki. In her spare time, she loves hokohoko shopping, watching movies with her daughter, and fishing with her son and brother.
Connie joined Foundation North in May 2016 and was most recently a Community Advisor with the Department of Internal Affairs. She brings a wealth of experience having worked both in the public and private sector. Connie is well connected to her community in the North Shore through various committee roles and is an avid badminton player. Born and raised in Auckland, she graduated from Auckland University with a both a bachelor’s degree and a Post-grad diploma in Science. Connie is fluent in English and Cantonese, and is currently learning Mandarin.
Lisa joins the Foundation from the Department of Internal Affairs. Born in Papakura, and of Ngāti Whātua and Ngāti Kahu descent, she has over 20 years’ experience working in the Public Sector in Northland. Lisa has a Diploma in Public Sector Service Delivery for Māori and has worked with the Department of Labour, New Zealand Employment Service, Te Puni Kōkiri and in grant making and community development. She is a proud mother of two children and nana to two mokopuna.
Having returned from her OE, Claire joined Foundation North in March 2016. Claire is a Nelsonian with experience in the Philanthropic sector in New Zealand and the UK. She is passionate about working with communities to make positive transformations and volunteers with several not-for-profit organisations. She has a degree in Communications from the University of Otago and in her spare time loves being outdoors, cooking and doing yoga.
Marilou has recently changed roles from Grants Coordinator to Advisor. Before joining the Foundation in January 2007 she was Assistant Manager at Student Job Search Auckland, and has also worked as a Forensic Administrator in the Institute of Environmental Science and Research’s Wellington office. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce and Administration from Victoria University and a Diploma in Business Studies (Finance) from Massey University. Marilou enjoys volunteering for community projects and initiatives that she believes will make positive changes for future generations.
Sandy is of Singaporean-Chinese, Fijian, Tongan and European descent, and grew up in Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua. She lives near Papakura with her partner and two young children, who whakapapa to iwi in Tāmaki and Hauraki. Sandy joined Foundation North in 2018, following 6 years as a Community Advisor in the Department of Internal Affairs where she was involved in funding, marae development, and Pacific strategy initiatives in Auckland. She holds a PhD in French and New Zealand studies and a Diploma in Māori Literary Performing Arts, and has worked as a teacher and university tutor here and abroad. Over the past three years, Sandy has also supported community groups across Auckland in a voluntary capacity, assisting with facilitation, administrative tasks, strategic planning, and research. She is especially committed to supporting development opportunities for rangatahi.
Jacqui provides coordination and assistance to the Funding Unit, drawing on her extensive experience in the corporate sector to support her team. Prior to joining Foundation North, Jacqui spent 18 months living overseas, supporting charities in Thailand and South East Asia. Born in Northland and raised from age 5 in Auckland, Jacqui is passionate about empowering our diverse community and cultures and is inspired to be working with an organisation that facilitates significant positive change to our communities in Auckland and Northland. Outside of work, Jacqui enjoys yoga, boxing and spending time outdoors; camping, hiking and riding her motorbike in this beautiful country that we call home.
Annie joined Foundation North in 2008 and has applied her extensive administrative experience across several departments during this time. She thoroughly enjoys her current role in the funding team; in particular supporting her colleagues and helping not-for-profit organisations navigate the Foundation’s online funding hub. Of Cook Island descent; Annie was born and raised in Auckland. She now resides in Avondale and is the proud mother of three children and Nana to three mokopuna. Outside of work Annie loves to spend time with her family, listen to music, travel, play touch rugby and participate in church activities.
Strategy & Innovation Unit
Senior Policy, Evaluation & Learning Advisor
Shalini joined the Foundation in 2006. Originally from Malaysia, she has lived in New Zealand since 1989 and has also worked overseas as a development worker for a street children's programme in Vietnam, a development instructor in India. Shalini worked in the Foundation's Catalysts for Change programme before leaving to work with community organisations supporting young people. She is now back at Foundation North, working in policy development and strategy implementation. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Geography, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies. Shalini is particularly drawn to grass roots community development with an interest in women's empowerment and poverty alleviation.
Project Manager, Gulf Innovation Fund Together
Originally from Palmerston North, Kim attended secondary school in Auckland and has been a resident of Waiheke Island since 2004. Her academic background is in psychology and sociology where she developed an interest in supporting and inspiring positive community change. Through roles in Local Government and the not for profit sector Kim has over 15 years’ experience in grant making and working with community organisations. Through her work at Foundation North Kim has developed a strong passion for the environment and wants to help create a better planet for future generations. Outside of work, she can be found spending time with her high spirited young son, wrangling weeds or experimenting in the kitchen.
Lisa joined Foundation North after eight and a half years in a marketing role at Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre in Glenfield. Before emigrating to New Zealand from the UK in 2008, Lisa worked in communications and marketing for not-for-profits in the social housing and public film archive sectors in the north-west of England. When not at work, Lisa enjoys running around after her teenage triplets, spending time out in the bush and going to the movies.
Innovation Catalyst (on maternity leave)
Eve is responsible for facilitating, designing and delivering innovation activity to achieve the Foundation’s objectives. Eve has experience across the social enterprise, international development and human rights sectors. Prior to Foundation North, Eve worked at the Ākina Foundation and supported social innovators and entrepreneurs in Auckland and Northland. She ran a social enterprise in New York addressing food insecurity in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and has worked with government and communities across Eastern Europe to help children and families to thrive. Earlier in her career, Eve was a commercial solicitor at Chapman Tripp in Auckland. Eve has a Masters in Human Rights from Columbia University, and an LLB and BA from the University of Otago. She is motivated by social justice and feminism.
Shona works to facilitate and support innovation for social impact. She has 15-years experience working in social innovation and community enterprise in the UK, New Zealand and Australia. She has contributed to research into impact investment, social enterprise sector development, and the lived experience of homelessness in Auckland. In 2018 she embarked on a Winston Churchill Fellowship with travel to Denmark, UK, USA and Canada to explore what makes innovation teams effective and what’s happening in the next wave of technology for social impact. Prior to joining the Innovation team Shona worked as a Programme Director with Ākina Foundation, leading initiatives to grow the number of successful social enterprises across New Zealand.
Strategy & Innovation Coordinator
Natasha joined the organisation in October 2015 as the Finance Assistant. She has recently moved into the new role of Strategy & Innovation Unit Coordinator. Natasha is of Samoan descent and resides in South Auckland. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching rugby league and being involved in church activities.
Originally from Arizona, Lauren has worked around the world, including roles as a management consultant with Bain & Co in San Francisco advising Fortune 500 companies, Interim COO of an eCommerce startup in Jordan, and programme coordinator for NGOs in the US, Nicaragua, and Morocco. Outside of her work with Foundation North, she runs Ally Skills NZ, which helps organisations make diversity & inclusion a reality by engaging allies—people who use their voice and influence to stand with marginalized groups. Lauren graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in Economics and minors in Arabic and Human Biology.
Gabi joined Foundation North in May 2018 after leaving the UK in 2017. She has a degree in Communication and Business Studies from the University of Liverpool, and a background in marketing and media planning. Having been born and raised in London, Gabi is enjoying her new, outdoor lifestyle in New Zealand. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and keeping active.
Advisor (Catalyst for Change and G.I.F.T)
Rosie was raised in the small settlement of Oturei which is located south of the northern Kaipara township of Dargaville and towards the Pouto Peninsula. Rosie comes to Foundation North with a wealth of experience in social, education and health service delivery. She has held roles in Wellington, Auckland and Tai Tokerau working with communities and across several government agencies. Her choice of careers has always been driven by her passion, pride and belief in her people; values instilled by her parents and both sets of grandparents. In her many roles Rosie has enjoyed the opportunity to influence policy, community development and service delivery ensuring it worked effectively for Māori. Rosie is the eldest of six children and has three sons and nine mokopuna (her crown jewels), her whakapapa links are Ngati Whatua, Ngapuhi and Ngati Porou.
Shared Services Unit
Shared Services Manager
Jenna has an extensive background in insurance administration and has also worked in a number of executive level support roles across many industries. She joined Foundation North in January 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the Leadership Group, and now manages a new Shared Services team of administrators within the Finance, Investment and Shared Services Unit. Jenna was raised in the Bay of Plenty and relocated to Auckland in 2001. She now lives in West Auckland with her fiancé and son, and in her spare time enjoys fishing, camping, rugby league, entertaining and gardening.
EA to CEO, CFO & Board of Trustees
Abby has a varied background as an Executive Assistant in the financial sector and has a strong interest in community health, having completed a BSc (Hons) in Human Nutrition through Massey University. In her spare time, Abby enjoys running, hiking, cooking, gardening and spending time with her five siblings and extended family.
Lucy is Foundation North's Senior Administrator based on reception. She has previously worked in administration support roles in hospitality, law and media. Lucy holds a BA (Hons) degree in Criminology and Sociology. Outside of work Lucy is a keen runner and enjoys yoga and travel.
Jo has an extensive background in high level administration, focusing on customer and client liaison. Her experience ranges from media to retail, right through to financial services. Jo joined the Foundation in August 2018 and is conveniently located just around the corner, where she resides with her cat. Outside of work she is involved in acting, on both screen and stage.
Jana has a background in administration, office systems, and customer & client relationships having worked in the retail merchandising and property sales & management industries. With a longstanding passion for helping those in need, Jana has also undertaken voluntary work from time to time. She joined Foundation North in August 2018. Of Ngāpuhi, Te Arawa & British descent Jana resides with her partner in West Auckland and outside of work enjoys time with whānau, boxing, camping, cooking and gardening.
Finance & Investment Unit
Craig has worked as an accountant in the marine, travel and apparel industries. Most of his time has been spent in the marine industry working for a super-yacht management company through two exciting Americas Cup defences. Craig holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Auckland University and is also an ACA member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. He grew up in Kaipara Flats, where his family have lived and farmed in the area for five generations. Craig now resides in Mt Albert with his wife and two children.
Jackie joined Foundation North in 2012 and apart from her finance role is also responsible for all matters related to the payment and monitoring of grants once they have received board approval. Previously she worked in a finance and administration role in the telecommunications industry for a non-profit membership group for almost 10 years. She is South-African born and started her career in the banking industry before immigrating to New Zealand in 1997. Jackie holds a NZ Business Diploma and a Bachelor of Business Degree and is a member of the Accounting Technician College of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. She is married and has 2 adult daughters and lives on the North Shore. She is an avid reader and enjoys keeping fit and tramping.
Matt manages the day-to-day relationship with the Foundation's external investment managers, custodian and advisor. Before joining Foundation North in Jan 2001 he spent five years as an investment analyst at Sovereign Funds Management, responsible for all New Zealand asset classes. Prior to that he was the Operations Manager at Citigroup. Matt began his career with a New Zealand-based funds management company in 1985. He has since worked for fund management companies based in Sydney and London. He holds a Diploma in Business Finance and a New Zealand Stock Exchange Diploma.
Genevieve joined Foundation North in July 2018 to support the Finance team. She has a BA from the University of Auckland majoring in Politics and International relations and has worked in administration, hospitality and tutoring. Genevieve grew up in Mount Albert and loves cooking, gardening and yoga.
Business Systems Analyst
Ross is responsible for database management, analysis and reporting plus the monitoring of grants after they have been awarded. His background is in administrative and database management, process improvement and project management. Ross has previously worked in central and local government, in the not-for-profit sector and in the private sector. Ross has been with Foundation North since 2005.